OAKLAND -– Asked on Thursday about trading David Lee, Warriors general manager Bob Myers made a very tepid attempt to squash reports that he already has decided to move the veteran power forward.
“I know it’s been reported, but we’re still trying to figure out everything with the roster,” Myers said at a season-ending news conference. “At this stage, we usually have more time before the draft or free agency.
“But I won’t sit here and say we’ve decided anything definitively. If I did, I’d probably end up changing my mind, or we would change our mind. Because what I’ll find out now and what we’ll find out is the next seven days prior to the draft and whatever it is until July 1, there’ll be a lot of different things that’ll be thrown at us that we’ll explore. So it’s not the right time to even say we’re absolutely going in one direction or the other.”
It was reported by ESPN on Wednesday that the Warriors and Lee’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, have made the joint decision to find another home for Lee, a four-year starter who this season lost his job to Draymond Green. Lee, in a Thursday appearance on ESPN, implied that is the case.
It only makes sense that the Warriors try to move Lee. He has one more season on his contract and will be paid $15.5 million next season. That’s simply too expensive for someone who is a backup and on some nights doesn’t play at all.